Did You Know: Back In The Day Abolitionists Used Photos Of Lightskinned And Mixed Race Slave Children To Draw More Sympathy When Raising Money For Their Causes!


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We guess they meant well but… is it bad that abolitionist used lighter-skinned slave children in a propaganda campaign to raise more money for slaves after emancipation? And did y’all know the anniversary of Lincoln’s slavery emancipation order happened this weekend?

Via NYDailyNews:

Sept. 22, 2012 marks the 150 year anniversary of when President Abraham Lincoln first issued a preliminary order emancipating slavery in the Confederate States, although efforts to ensure quality living conditions for blacks in the South would continue to be a long and difficult battle. In the 1860s, abolitionists circulated photos of pale-skinned, newly emancipated slave children to help raise money for struggling African-American schools in New Orleans, believing that images of “white” looking children would draw more sympathy — and more money — from Northern donors. The photos, like the one seen here, were mass produced and sold for 25 cents a piece.

Okay, we kinda have a hard time believing these photos sold for a quarter a piece tho? Like people were collecting lil slave baby trading cards?

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